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Cikamatana Out Of Olympics: Coffa

Eileen Cikamatana is out of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, says Oceania Weightlifting Federation’s general secretary Paul Coffa. Speaking to SUNsports, from Noumea, New Caledonia yesterday, he said,
02 Nov 2018 10:36
Cikamatana Out Of Olympics: Coffa
From left; Former Weightlifting Fiji coach Joe Vueti, Eileen Cikamatana and Oceania Weightlifting Federation’s general secretary Paul Coffa during the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Eileen Cikamatana is out of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, says Oceania Weightlifting Federation’s general secretary Paul Coffa.

Speaking to SUNsports, from Noumea, New Caledonia yesterday, he said, Cikamatana had resigned from Weightlifting Fiji in June.

“Weightlifting Fiji accepted her resignation and consequently she is no longer eligible to compete for Fiji at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” Coffa said.

“She has already missed out on the World Junior Championships this year in July, where she would have won the gold medal and become world champion.

“She has also missed out on the World Senior Championships starting today in Turkmenistan, where she would have competed in the 81kg category.

“Had she been there she would have won the World Championships by 25kg at least as she is in the process breaking the world junior record and possibly the world senior record. Unfortunately this opportunity has slipped away as well.”

In addition, Coffa says, Cikamatana will not be able to compete at next year’s World Juniors in Suva and will also miss out on the World Senior Championships.

“So this is the status of Eileen Cikamatana as it stands,” he added.

Coffa confirmed that Cikamatana is still in New Caledonia training at the institute, this is funded by her parents.

“She is in the process of looking at representing a new country in the future.  But sadly this will be after the Tokyo Olympic Games.”

Coffa said weightlifting is an individual sport, not a team sport.

“Therefore athletes have the right to train with whom they want and who is best for them. In the case of Eileen she chose to stay with Joe Vueti and train at the Institute with me.

“She’s number one in the world at 19 years– that is junior and senior.  And she wishes to continue with the coaches who have taken her to this level. It is very simple.”

Coffa said the dispute between Weightlifting Fiji and the Levuka Weightlifting Club is an internal one.

“And I would rather not make any comment on it.  The fact remains however that Fiji has lost not only a world champion but also a gold medal at the Olympics.”

  Edited by Osea  Bola

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